Ad­dress is­sues with 15 P&W en­gines: DGCA to IndiGo, GoAir

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The Direc­torate Gen­eral of Civil Avi­a­tion (DGCA) has di­rected IndiGo and GoAir to ad­dress is­sues re­gard­ing 15 of the Pratt & Whit­ney en­gines pow­er­ing their A320 neo planes, a se­nior of­fi­cial said on Fri­day. The two car­ri­ers have been grap­pling with P&W en­gine prob­lems, which has led to ground­ing of some A320 neo air­craft. To­gether, they have around 82 such planes in their fleet. The move by the DGCA, which had asked the two air­lines to take cor­rec­tive mea­sures to ad­dress the en­gine woes, comes af­ter cer­tain is­sues flagged by US coun­ter­part Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion (FAA). The of­fi­cial said the re­quire­ment for re­place­ment of High Pres­sure Com­pres­sor front hub cor­ro­sion as men­tioned by the FAA would im­pact 15 en­gines pow­er­ing IndiGo and GoAir's neo planes. Thir­teen en­gines of IndiGo and two of GoAir would be hit by the FAA's Air­wor­thi­ness Di­rec­tive. The In­dian op­er­a­tors have suf­fi­cient time to be­come com­pli­ant with the re­quire­ment, the of­fi­cial said.

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